The Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (WGCDD) has funds available as financial assistance for people with DD, their families, guardians and those who work in the developmental disabilities field to participate in conferences, workshops, short-term educational programs on developmental disabilities and trainings. These events support the Five –Year- State Plan and the Council’s mission to seek, advocate and educate, as well as, achieve independence, productivity and inclusion.
The Council has two difference types of scholarships: Single and Group/Family:
· Single – Up to $1,500.00
· Group/Family – Up to $2,500.00. All special considerations will require permission from the Council’s Executive Committee.
Applicants may attend both In-State and Out-of-State events.
· In-State: Funding for events that are held in Wyoming. The MEGA Conference has a separate scholarship fund.
· Out-of-State: Funding for events that are held at various locations throughout the United States. Out-of-State conferences must be for unique opportunities to gather information not readily available from state resources.
Applicants must be a person with DD, an immediate family member, guardian or professional who works with an individual with DD. All other situations will require special permission from the Council’s Executive Committee.
· Applicants are limited to one event within a year’s period. The scholarship calendar year for both types is from October 1st to September 30th. Scholarships to MEGA are not used to determine eligibility for Council scholarships.
· Funds will not be available to the same person to attend the same event two years in a row. Preference will be given to applicants who have not received funding in the previous year.
· Scholarship funds are limited to Wyoming residents. An individual is considered a resident after residing in the state continuously for 6 months. Applicants must first write a letter to the Council and request funding. Upon authorization, applicants will receive a letter of approval and forms to be completed to be turned in after the event.
There are four forms that will be sent with the approval letter; they are required for the reimbursement process. They are:
a.) Scholarship Contact Information Sheet – This form gives the office general information to better implement the re-payment process, as well as, gives general knowledge about the person(s) making the request. It must be filled in and returned before going to the event. A self-address envelope will be also sent with this form.
b.) Scholarship Expense Sheet – This form is to help people keep track of receipts and other information that are accumulated during the event and needs to be turned in for payment. Please attach all original receipts and an event brochure, agenda. Alcohol and none essential items will not be reimbursed.
c.) Conference Summary Report Questions – This form is to help report back information from the event people attended by giving prompting questions to be answered.
d.) Wolf’s 109A Form – This form registers the claimant(s) with a vendor id number for the state so reimbursement can occur. Please note: This scholarship is considered taxable income by the state.
The application must be received a minimum of 4 weeks prior to the event (camp, training, seminar, etc.)
All claims of payment must be made within 60 days of the end date of the event. Failure to provide requested information within 60 days will result in forfeiting the scholarship. Those funds will go back to the scholarship budget for future use.
Office contact person for this program is Von Maul. His number is 307-777-7230 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.